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(Updated  February 25 2015)

Total no. of  phone subscriptions:    970 million
( downward corrected)

Mobiles  943 million 
Landlines: 27 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  300 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  86  million (wired: 16 million;   wireless : 70  million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
NEW!  Indian e-gov documents released  Dec 25 2014
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market


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  CommonFloor harnesses Google Cardboard to provide VR experience for home buyers
Use virtual reality for realty! Bangalore, February 27 2015: Online real estate leaders CommonFloor, have launched an app  that promises  to bring alive the house you are planning to buy  The product, which is an amalgamation of Google Cardboard, Vrtual Reality and the Android platform is called CommonFloor Retina (CFRetina), and provides property buyers with a near-real visual reality  experience of the project that are looking to buy. ....
Lots of churn in India tablet market, but growth still in single digits: IDC & CMR
Bangalore, February 25, 2015:  Only two  days separate the release of studies by IDC ( Fourth quarter 2014) and Cyber Media Research ( Fiscal 2014) on the Indian Tablet PC market. Rather than confuse readers by  throwing two sets of numbers at them without any attempt at reconciling them  ( as most of the media has done), we decided to make sense of the common trends highlighted by both respected tech analysts. ....
Indian chip designer, SmartPlay, partners with all the world's semiconductor biggies
In the spirit of 'Make in India'... launching a series of profiles of Indian IT innovators Bangalore,  February 24, 2015: Think of the  world's Top 20 semiconductor  manufacturers. ...
Domestic robots: IT's take-over time!
Domestic robots are already replacing the 'bai' or maid  in  many homes. Soon they'll be talking to you, putting your baby to sleep. ...
New Cypress solution for Internet of Things market is fuelled by IP from Mindtree
Warren (New Jersey, US) and Bangalore (India), February 21 2015:   A new low energy  Bluetooth   system-on-a-chip  launched  by US-based semiconductor company Cypress  uses intellectual property  from Indian technology products and services player, Mindtree. ...

Education and e-learning
Top 10 strategic technologies impacting Education in 2015: Gartner report
Bangalore, , 27 February 28  2015: Gartner has identified the top 10 strategic technologies for the education industry in 2015 and provides recommendations to education CIOs and IT leaders regarding adoption and benefits. It is not a list of what education CIOs spend the most time or money on; rather it is a list of strategic technologies that Gartner recommends education CIO should have a plan for in 2015: 1. ....
Kerala equips school kids with Rasberry Pi to encourage coding
Kochi, February 25, 2015: The Government of Kerala has launched an “Learn to Code”  to instill  coding culture in school students: It has begun distributing 2500 Rasberry Pi kits statewide across 14  districts. The programme is being  implemented jointly by Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI) IT@School and Startup Village. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Archives app hugely popular with domestic flyers
New Delhi, February 25, 2015: The recently-launched application for Android devices  from, India’s largest travel network has received a  huge  response from users to become highest-rated travel app in the country -- with a rating of 4. ....
Airlines, airports, passengers, get 'personal': SITA study
February 26 2015: The future is personal in air travel, but are passengers, airlines and airports aligned? The “connected passenger” has become a reality for the air transport industry with 97% carrying a device.. Smartphones are the essential tool to help passengers navigate through the traditional pinch points on their journey and have a better experience, with 81% carrying them today, compared to just over a quarter in 2010. ....

Healthcare app, Lybrate, connects you to doctors in many Indian cities
Bangalore, February 24 2015: A new healthcare app, Lybrate,promises to  help  Indians access the best available league of good doctors, ready to give their medical advice. Patients  get such suggestions right from the comfort of their home using their smartphones. ....
HealthifyMe says: Smart phones are the smart way to stay healthy
Bangalore, February 14 2015: There are many health and fitness trackers today -- but at one recent solution is  less about gadgets and more about   expert support.  HealthifyMe is a virtual weight-loss coach that monitors your diet and exercise to help you stay healthy and fit. ....
An app to manage your healthcare policy from smartphone
Bangalore,  February 3, 2015: Leading Indian  healthcare management provider,  Medi Assist, has launched MediBuddy, a mobile app that enables users to manage all their healthcare needs using their smartphones. ...

Product Pulse
Phones with BIG batteries
A few phones offer  enough battery power to keep pace with your heavy apps February 23 2015: HD videos, route navigation, music, games, apps for pizza delivery, movie tickets, cab bookings, airline check-in…. the list is endless. Smartphones today do everything you didn’t think possible a couple of years back. ....
Dell Venue 8 series 3000: HD on the hoof!
The Dell Venue 8 is one of very few  phablets with a  full HD screen People who  invest in a tablet  when they already own a phone and a PC,  expect their purchase to be a jack-of-all-trades.  They demand dual connectivity -- through WiFi as well as 3G. ....
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
‘Curving’ out a masterpiece!   With boldly unconventional screen ergonomics, the new Galaxy  smart phone from Samsung scores in design and aesthetics Bangalore January 26 2014: Curves are beautiful and it stands true for the Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy Note Edge. ...

IT's for you
  Global Compact Network meet brings industry, NGOs together at Bangalore
Bangalore, February24 , 2015: Global Compact Network India (GCNI), the Indian arm of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC),  held its 10th National Convention in Bangalore last week with its theme: finding ways to turn the new sustainable development vision into reality for millions worldwide. ....
Popular free calls app, nanu, now for Apple devices too
Singapore, Feb. 24, 2015: A free call app, increasingly popular in emerging markets has  beefed up its Android version and launched an edition for iOS.   The app called nanu promises to bring  bring free calls to everyone, everywhere, even on 2G. ....
From GoDaddy and Microsoft, a combo offer for SMEs to get on the Web
Gurgaon, February15, 2015: Web technology provider GoDaddy has teamed up with Microsoft to  help SMBs and entrepreneurs, get on the Web easily and affordably. ...
ASUS launches 4K UHD monitor for Rs 65,000
Mumbai, February 11 2015: The upcoming World Cup season is seeing many compelling  offers in TV and monitors  -- and none more aggressively priced than  PB279Q 4K/UHD (ultra-high definition) monitor from ASUS that was announced today. ...
Logitech brings a handy video conferencing tool to India
New Delhi, January 27, 2015: Logitech  has launched an  Anytime, Anywhere Portable Videoconferencing  tool in India. ...

IT people
  Shirish Joshi to lead Polycom's Asia-Pac Channel sales
Hyderabad, February 24, 2015 –  Video  and voice conferencing leader Polycom, Inc. has announced the appointment of Shirish Joshi as Asia Pacific Channel Sales Director. He will be responsible for executing channel programmes across the region, driving business for Polycom partners, and strengthening go-to-market and distribution strategy. ....
Sashi Kumar to lead Happiest Minds
Bangalore, February 16, 2015: Sashi Kumar  is to be the new as the CEO & MD of the next generation IT organization  Happiest Minds. Sashi comes to Happiest Minds, having led  significant operations in Microsoft, SAP and CSC During his career of 23 years, he has been profit centre head for 11 years. ....
Ashish Agrawal is new CTO at Micromax
New Delhi, February 13, 2015: Leading Indian  smartphone player Micromax Informatics has  appointed  Ashish Agrawal as its new Chief Technology Officer. ...

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40 Years ago... and now- Faqir Chand Kohli: The original Indian techie
Padma Bhushan Faqir Chand Kohli, father of the Indian software sector, turned 90 on February 28, 2014. Millions who join the Indian information technology (IT) sector every year should celebrate this day, because had it not been for him, the sector would not have reached where it is today. Kohli is best known as the first chief executive of India's largest IT services company, Tata Consultancy Services.....BUSINESS STANDARD  FEBRUARY 4 2015

Dell Makes India its Software R&D Hub
 Dell is looking towards India to transform its research and development capabilities that have lagged rivals for years.The US technology company is strengthening its engineering team here and increasing the number of patent applications filed from India - which, a senior executive said, has already become the largest contributor to software patents for Dell...ECONOMIC TIMES, FEBRUARY 6 2015

Charging Camera Fee for Smartphone is Wrong
Picnickers visiting Chennai’s Vandalur zoological park during the year-end were peeved those carrying smartphones were each charged an extra `25 over and above the entry ticket. The zoo management argued that since a fee of `25 was traditionally collected for taking in a still camera, those carrying smartphone, too, should cough up the same amount as the mobiles have an in-built camera....NEW INDIAN EXPRESS January 3 2015


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